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From the beginning of October, it is not possible to carry out cabotage on French territory with trucks over 40 tonnes that meet lower emission standards. Carriers who fail to comply with the new regulation on cabotage will pay high fines.

In accordance with the Order of 28 July 2014 amending the Decree of 4 December 2012 on the permissible total weight of motorized land vehicles, trucks above 40 tonnes that meet the Euro 4 standard, can no longer carry out cabotage operations in France. On the basis of the same regulations, Euro 3 trucks have been prohibited for three years.

However, the prohibition does not apply to international operations with loading or unloading in France or for transit.

Strict penalties

Failure to comply with the regulations governing cabotage in France may result in a fine of up to 15 thousand euros. This is not the only sanction provided for by French law. French authorities may also temporarily seize the vehicles that violates the law.

The French authorities may also issue a ban on carrying out cabotage to carriers for the infringement of the rules for a maximum of one year.

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